Today marks the beginning of “Brow Talk,” an educational series where I discuss the different types of brow enhancements and how they may (or may not) suit you. In this series I will discuss Microblading, Eyebrow Shading, Eyebrow Tinting and Henna Brows. The brow industry has grown so quickly; with all the services out there, how do you know what’s right for YOU? My ultimate goal is to provide you with the information and tips to make that decision.
SO… What Exactly is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup technique for eyebrows. I say “semi-permanent” because it is not a permanent tattoo. It fades considerably over time and touch-ups are required every few months to keep the look fresh. This is the first important distinction of the newer eyebrow techniques. Gone are the days of “block” eyebrow tattoos that you were doomed to wear for the remainder of your life. The new generation of PMU (permanent make-up) is convenient, comfortable and easier to remove if any issues present themselves.
Prior to Microblading, the shape of the brows are carefully calculated to create symmetry and aesthetic balance. After you have approved the pre-drawing of the brows, imitation “hairstrokes” are drawn and pigment is applied into the surface layer of the eyebrow skin. This is achieved by using a handheld tool with a grouping of very fine needles at the end. The pigment is chosen to match the natural hair color of the brows and eyebrow hair strokes are drawn in the direction of natural hair growth to achieve a realistic look.
The process - 6 Things to Consider Before Microblading
Appointment: Time for service can range between 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours. During this time you will be laying down. Your brow specialist will shape and outline brows, sit you up and wait on your approval before anything is done.
Discomfort: Most eyebrow specialists use a numbing agent before starting the service or directly after the first pass (Microblading requires 2-3 passes). I find that most clients’ discomfort is minimal, although, if you already know that you have a low tolerance to pain you should discuss this with your brow specialist. This is important because you’ll need to lay still during the process!
Healing: May take anywhere from 5 to 10 days. This varies depending on individual skin type, following pre-care instructions (click here for pre-care instructions), the technician providing service and commitment to proper after-care. (click here for after-care instructions)
Care: During healing you will be asked to cleanse the brows, apply healing ointment, avoid sun along with heavy workouts for a brief period of time. Even after the healing process is done, Microblading still requires long-term after care such as applying sunblock regularly, avoiding retinols and cosmetic lasers over the treated skin (to name a few).
Results: Microblading results are heavily dependent on skin type. Oily skin, mature skin and very dry skin do not hold the pigment as well and clients with this skin type usually find that they have to return for more frequent touch-ups. In addition, Microblading provides a natural look: you may find yourself filling in your brows after they are healed. If you are looking for a fuller look or have extremely sparse brows, you may want to consider another option.
Cost: $350-$1000 (depending on specialist). As always, I urge you not to shop cheap. This is going on your face! Make your choice based on the benefits to your appearance and self confidence. Do your homework, find someone excellent and set a budget. This is not a decision to be taken lightly. With that said, there are good quality eyebrow specialists that do not charge an exorbitant amount. Do your research, check for credentials and book a consult.
Ready for an appointment? Click below to make an appointment with Paradise Lashes in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.